Clyde Wilson Pickett

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Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion, University of Pittsburgh

Clyde Wilson Pickett, EdD, a leading expert in higher education diversity and inclusion strategy, serves as University of Pittsburgh’s vice chancellor for diversity and inclusion. Prior to this role, he served as the Senior Diversity Officer (Chief Diversity Officer) for the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system, and Special Assistant to the President for Diversity and Inclusion at the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Recognized as a national leader in diversity in higher education, Pickett is a member of the Board of Directors for the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE), the nation’s leading association of diversity professionals in the U.S. He is the founder of two educational consulting firms that specialize in diversity training, strategic planning, program development and management services and recently co-wrote the book Inclusive Directions: The Role of the Chief Diversity Officer in Community College Leadership.

Dr. Pickett completed his B.S. degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Kentucky and his M. Ed in Adult and Higher Education Leadership with an emphasis in Counseling and Multicultural issues from Morehead State University. He completed doctoral study at the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Education.

Dr. Pickett has presented and lectured widely and provides regular commentary for local and regional media outlets. His presentations have been featured at the University of Kentucky; Georgetown University; the University of Pittsburgh, the Community College of Allegheny County; the Ohio State University, the Pittsburgh Public School System; the Jefferson County Public School System (Louisville, Ky); the Lima, Ohio, City Schools; Marietta College; The University of Charleston; Hanover University; The Ohio Diversity Officers Consortium; Hardin County, Ohio; The International Colloquium on Black male Education, the International Conference on Diversity Leadership; the Tri-state Diversity Conference; and the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education.

A native of Louisville, Kentucky; Dr. Pickett is active in local and national community service including the Hill House Association for which he is the Board Chair. He is the father of two adult children Destiny and Alexander.